Marmot Red Star Jacket ReviewMay 24, 2016
- Great breathability
- Durable feeling
- Ineffective Cuffs
- Weak DWR coating
We loved this jacket until it really started to pour rain. Breathability was top notch, pockets were in all right places, the hood worked well, and the material was supple and light. It was a pleasure to wear. Then it started to pour. The DWR coating wetted out faster than we’re used to—that’s not to say it leaked, just that water stopped beading. But our biggest beef was with the cuffs. The hook and loop cinching didn’t hold well or tighten the cuffs enough.
As we noted above, we were disappointed with the durable water repellant coating. This is the finish all waterproof jackets have on the exterior that helps bead raindrops so they run off. It does not affect the actual waterproofness of the jacket—this is done by an internal membrane—but when the coating fails the jacket does absorb a bit of water. We found Marmot’s DWR was not as long lasting as many others we’ve tried. The actual three-layer NanoPro membrane, a Marmot proprietary production, is solid. It never leaked. The hood is full coverage and easy to adjust and the zippers are all water resistant.
NanoPro continues to impress us with its solid breathability—on par with the industry’s best. Adding to its sweat defeating ability are pit zips, which did a great job of dumping excess heat.
The cuffs let us down with their lack of hold and, even when they did, they didn’t cinch the sleeves tight enough. That allowed water to run down our arms while paddling and adjusting tents. Everything else worked great. The pockets sat out of the way of pack straps and the jacket’s designed not to move when reaching overhead.
The 3-layer fabric felt really nice and soft, but also deflected a mean black berry bramble without a scratch. Two weeks of hard use left it unscathed.
At 15 ounces it’s a good weight for all the features packed in. It stuffs down to a small melon in size, about what we’d expect for the weight.